I was inspired by the wonderful and plentiful churches in East Chicago, Indiana, where my husband grew up. East Chicago has been home to many immigrant communities, all of which have contributed to their unique collection of spiritual places for worship. Unfortunately many of these churches are disappearing due to declining membership. I wanted to remember those wonderful churches in what is an otherwise dreary city, East Chicago, Indiana.
An industrial fog enshrouds the city. There are smoke stacks, train
tracks and bungalows beneath a nebulous halo. The cogs of the
leviathan, the sweat of the assembly line, are everyday people with
visceral needs. For five straight days they work the steel mills. On
Saturdays they drink and on Sundays they go to church. Spanish psalms,
Serbian hymns and Plantation songs all invigorate the spirits of the
gathered souls. The weekends are also a time for feasting.
~ Copyright © 2008 by C.W. Morado
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